The governor of Japan's southern prefecture of Kagoshima has visited Yakushima Island, two days after the UNESCO World Heritage site was hit by record rainfall.
What is described as the heaviest rain in 50 years caused mudslides and other damage on Saturday, leaving more than 300 hikers stranded on a mountain. By Sunday evening, 314 people had descended safely.
People in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan are celebrating the re-opening of a daycare center for children that was destroyed by the 2011 tsunami.
On Sunday, former and current staff members, and local residents attended a ceremony to mark the finish of the new facility's construction in the Yuriage district of the coastal city of Natori.
The Japan Coast Guard suspects a jetfoil ferry boat collided with a whale. A crewmember claims to have spotted a large, white object in the water moments before impact.
The collision occurred on Saturday afternoon while the vessel was travelling from Niigata port to Sado Island. Eighty people were injured, 13 seriously.
Buildings of a high school in northeastern Japan that were heavily damaged in the 2011 tsunami have opened to the public as a memorial to the disaster.
About 60 people, including city officials, took part in a ceremony in the city of Kesennuma on Sunday. They observed a moment of silence for the victims of the disaster.
Japan's welfare ministry says the number of households receiving assistance hit a record high in the fiscal year ending in March 2018.
The ministry puts the monthly average number of households on welfare for fiscal 2017 at 1,640,854. That's up about 3,800 from the figure for the previous fiscal year.
With the number of visitors to Japan and related spending at record highs, tourism authorities hope to keep the good times rolling by zeroing in on those from high-spending countries.
A whopping 31.192 million people came to Japan last year and spent a total of 4.5 trillion yen ($41.3 billion), according to preliminary data from the tourism ministry and the Japan Tourism Agency (JTA).